Faced with intensifying fighting in Donbass, Ukraine asks to join NATO

“NATO is the only way to end the fighting in Donbass”. It is in these terms that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke during a conference call with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the Atlantic Alliance on Tuesday, according to the Reuters agency. This urgent request from the Ukrainian president to start discussions as quickly as possible between NATO and Ukraine so that the latter can integrate the alliance, is the consequence of the resumption of heavy weapons fighting in the Donbass, between the Ukrainian loyalist forces, and the secessionist forces of Lughansk and Donetsk Oblast in Donbass heavily supported by Moscow. 6 Ukrainian soldiers have lost their lives in recent days in the fighting, while Russia has amassed a very large military force in Crimea and on the Ukrainian borders, sometimes moving units from very remote military regions.

It is true that the situation is becoming very perilous for Ukraine, which cannot hope to prevail over a massive mechanized assault led by Russian forces simultaneously from Donbass and Crimea, in a pincer scenario increasingly akin to more than that implemented in 2008 in Georgia. It is moreover this Georgian scenario that the Ukrainian authorities fear above all, by avoiding giving Moscow a pretext by responding to secessionist provocations remote-controlled from the Kremlin, in order to trigger a major military operation in the south of Ukraine. . Indeed, the similarities with the course of events preceding this Russian intervention against Georgian forces are increasingly evident.

The deployment of heavy forces continues in Crimea and the Donbass border regions, with units sometimes originating from Siberia or from very distant military regions.

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